Soil sampling probe
Finding a decent soil probe for soil sampling is no small task, especially one capable of coping with Aussie's differences in soils and conditions.
This however is one soil probe that makes the grade. This tool will last you a lifetime. It is a comfortable to use 600 mm long, is made from quality heavier grade hardened 316 stainless steel and has a 30cm section cutaway to allow easy retrieval of soil samples. This is particularly useful when sampling heavier sticky soils such as clays. It is also a very useful tool for simply using to observe soil profiles around your farm, something from which you can learn a lot about the soils you farm and monitor their development over time.
The probe has a modified tip, hardened to cope with stony soils and it is slightly reduced in diameter at the tip's cutting edge. The slightly smaller diameter plug of soil is then able to move more easily up the pipe towards the cutaway as soil from the next plug being taken displaces it. This can be a real boon when using the probe in heavier soil types compared to those probes without this feature; where the plugs of heavier soil types tend to bind and get stuck within the first few cm of the probes tubing greatly frustrating the sampling process. Anybody having ever experienced this will greatly appreciate this particular feature.